Top Ten 2013 YA Debut Novels I’m Looking Forward To!

toptentuesssTop Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic:

Top Ten 2013 YA Debut Books I’m Looking Forward To!


top YA debuts 2013

1. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza:  I plan on starting this soon but it sounds like an amazing science fiction novel about a girl who find out she’s not actually human but an experiment of artificial intelligence. (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)
2. The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston: This was one of my Catalog Creepin’ picks for Disney Hyperion and I’m excited because I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of the Witness Protection program and the MC’s family has been placed in it and she has no idea as to the reason why. (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)
3. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland: I love a good beach read and this is one of my #1’s for summer 2013!  Set during the summer the MC, Cricket, experiences a tragedy that changes her life and has her working instead of having the perfect summer she’s imagined. She never expected that she’d fall in love either with someone she isn’t supposed to. (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)
4. The Ward by Jordana Frankel: I can’t but help being excited about  post-apocalyptic sorts of books and this debut looks so thrilling that I did a happy dance when it showed up in my mailbox this week. The premise is that Manhattan is underwater and people are becoming ill because of pollution. The MC accepts an offer from the government to go in search of a freshwater source and learns the situation in the Ward may not be exactly how it seems. (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)

Must Read Teen Books 2013

5. The Ruining by Anna Collomore: I love a good psychological thriller and this seems intense and mysterious! (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)
6. How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski: I have been pining for this book every since I saw it! I think my initial thought was “I wish I had the balls to set an ex’s car on fire” but this book seriously looks like an awesome contemp! And UM a road trip? Total win if you know me! (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)
7. The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna: This cover drew me in initially and then I read the synopsis and was sold. It honestly just seems so whimsical and quirky and why it definitely was a book I picked out as I creeped the Penguin 2013 Spring/Summer Catalog. (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)
8. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith: I am not normally a gal swayed by author blurbs on a book but when I saw this blurbed by Gayle Forman in the HarperTeen Spring/Summer 2013 catalog I knew this book had to be mine.  So excited to read this one!  And I love the cover! (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)

2013 teen books

9. Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley: When I originally saw the cover for this I though it was paranormal so I was pleasantly surprised when I found it was contemporary psychological mystery. It sounds like an  intense page-turner! (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)
10. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher: Though I was not bullied in high school, I find myself drawn to books that delve into bullying to some degree because of what a sad reality it is these days. In this novel, the main character’s best friend gets bullied, her reputation is tarnished and then she commits suicide. The MC then feels like she owes it to her friend to find out just who hurt her enough to make her not want to live. (Add To Goodreads | Pre-Order)

Bonus Titles (Because I hate limiting this to ten):


Ones I’ve already read that would be on this list: Level 2 by Lenore Applehans, The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shephard

So tell me…are you excited about any of these 2013 debuts?  Have you read any of them? Which ones aren’t on my list  but you think  I might like/should check out?

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  1. Awesome list! I have a few of these on my top ten, but the rest I’ve got to add on! This is going to be a great year for debut authors!

    Nikki @ Imaginative Adventure

  2. I loved How My Summer Went Up in Flames! The Rules for Disappearing and OCD, The Dude and Me are also on my list! 🙂 My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. Awesome list! I have a few of these on my list as well! And I can’t believe I forgot The S-Word and Nantucket Blue on my list!! :O And I’ve got a book containing OCD in the title as well…. (:

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  4. I’m basically looking forward to everything on your list. Especially looking forward to The Rules For Disappearing!

  5. I’m sooo excited for Mila 2.0. I downloaded a free sample for the first six chapters, and I am HOOKED! So amazing! Great top ten!

  6. Awesome list! 🙂

  7. I’m seriously the most forgetful person in the world. I’m very excited for Wild Awake, The S Word, Pretty Girl 13, The Rules for Disappearing and How My Summer Went Up In Flames, but OBVIOUSLY I forgot about including them in my list. I hope you get to enjoy all of these soon 🙂

  8. I’m so excited about Mila 2.0! I’ve read the prequel, Origins: The Fire, and although it was just 15 pages I loved it so much! Yay for all these awesome debuts in 2013!

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  9. I’m very excited about Mila 2.0 and The ward! There are also many stunning covers this year 🙂 (and a lot of cover reveals to come!)


  10. Nice list! I can not wait to read Mile 2.0, too. I’ve heard a lot of good opinion on it. 🙂

    The Ward also sounds good. And I really like cover.

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  11. We have several in common! I’m so exited about How My Summer, Wild Awake and The S-Word. They sound so great! 2013 is going to be a great year.

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  12. Ooh, a bunch of these are already on my TBR list but you’ve given me a few more to add!

  13. Nantucket Blue sounds interesting.

  14. this is like the 1st time I have heard of most of these books! I am such a bad blogger and reader! I see a few that will definitely be added to my wish list.

  15. I love your picks! I just added a bunch of these to my to-red list. Looking forward to How My Summer Went Up In Flames and The Rules of Dissapearing! I am currently reading The Ruining and so far so good!

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  16. Truthfully, I hadn’t seen some of these before you made your list so now I’m super excited for The Theory of Everything and How My Summer Went Up in Flames!

  17. Great list, Jamie! I am also excited for Nantucket Blue and How My Summer Went Up in Flames…both sounds like awesome beach reads, which are definitely my favorite kind of reads. Some of these books are new to me…so I’ll be adding them to my TBR. Let me know if you decide to go to the Haverford Gayle Forman signing…I am going to try to get a babysitter and go!

  18. Awesome list. I can’t wait to read Mila 2.0 too. You have a lot of book that are new to me. Thanks for the awesome share. I hope you make it through your list. Have a great week reading.
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  19. LOVE YOUR LIST! There’s a bunch in there that I chose for my Top Ten too. 🙂 I can’t wait!

  20. SO many great choices!! I just added Nantucket Blue to my TBR 🙂 It looks really good! Ahh, there are just so many great books coming out this year!!

  21. Great picks! I have Mila 2.o and Taken on my Kindle, waiting to be read right now. I’m looking forward to them as well.

    Here’s my top ten!

  22. I have a bunch of these on my list too! There are so many good books coming out this year!

  23. Great list! We have some of the same. I know that I’ll be adding alot more to my List of Possibilities as I visit different blogs.

    Here is my list…

  24. Great list! We share some of the same picks. So many amazing books coming out this yr.
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  25. Great list! I’m so excited for Taken and The Ward! And Wild Awake looks really good too.

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  26. Fun, fun! The more I hear about The Rules for Disappearing, the more I am curious about it. The S-Word also has my attention. I was a victim of bullying in middle school and high school, but never considered suicide as a result. It definitely sounds like a worthwhile book to read though and I’m curious how the author handles such a serious and sensitive topic.

  27. Some of these (namely, the contemps) I didn’t even know about, but now that’s been rectified and they’ve been added to my TBR. Why are there so many awesome-sounding books?

  28. The Ruining looks very good. So do the rest of the books. Hope you will be able to read them all this year

  29. I’m pretty sure How My Summer Went Up in Flames has been on all of the lists I have seen so far. I take this to mean that many of us are bitter people who want to watch a guy’s car get set on fire. I REGRET NOTHING.

  30. Awesome list! I can’t wait for The Ward, and yours is the first list I’ve seen that ‘almost’ has In the After listed too! So many great books this year, arghhhhhh!

  31. FOR REAL. I told you my TBR hates you. I, of course don’t. WILD AWAKE looks ESPECIALLY awesome and I adore the cover! I have Pretty Girl 13 for review // I forgot how many books I haven’t gotten to :-\!

  32. Nantucket Blue and The Ward made my list too!The Ward has such a fantastic cover. The Theory of Everything sounds absolutely amazing, I’m adding it onto my tbr pile straight away.

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  33. love the layout! plus great books 🙂

  34. The Rules for Disappearing is on my list as well, also because I’m really fascinated with the Witness Protection Program. Nantucket Blue sounds great as well, a great book to read in the summer!

  35. YAY! I have Transparent, too. And why don’t I have Nantucket Blue on my list like everyone else? Ah well, let it be known that I NEEDS IT.

  36. They’re just so pretty. And while I understand that isn’t the point, covers do pull me in!

  37. I love psychological thrillers, too, so I can’t wait for The Ruining and Pretty Girl-13! The Rules for Disappearing looks reallly good, too. Great list! (:

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  38. I’m pretty excited about The Ward! Love that it’s set in NYC, and the premise definitely sounds interesting. Hope I get my hands on it soon 😉

  39. Taken is definitely on my list! The cover of The Theory of Everything freaks me out! It reminds me of that creepy bunny from Donnie Darko! haha

  40. Oh my gosh, you’re right. Our lists are almost exactly the same! This year sounds like it’s going to be amazing for reading.

  41. I’m about to go on a Goodreads adding spree from this list. These all look AMAZING.

  42. Nantucket Blue, The Rules For Disappearing, Taken, and WIld Awake on my list too. I can’t wait to read them. I enjoyed How My Summer Went Up In Flames.

  43. Chelsea Pitcher says:

    Thank you for picking my book, and for putting me in such great company!! So many of these books look AMAZING!

  44. Today has made me REALLY want Wild Awake! It sounds amazing. The Theory of Everything also looks super cute. AND YES PLEASE, let’s go on a book island.

  45. Love your list! Ahhh! There are so many great sounding debuts this year!

  46. Love your third novel’s cover art! It’s so pretty and breezy. 🙂

  47. The Ward, The Ruining, How My Summer Went Up in Flames, and In the After are high on my list of awesome books for 2013. And there are so many others that I obviously need to add to my TBR list. Great list!
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  48. None of these books made it to my top 10, but most of them are on my TBR Pile.. 🙂

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  49. Wow, I totally have to check out The Theory of Everything and Wild Awake. *comes back after checking them out* My to-read shelf now has two more books in it along with all the others in your list. Awesomeness =D

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

  50. Awesome list! The tops on my list include BEING HENRY DAVID by Cal Amistead, DEAR LIFE, YOU SUCK by Scott Blagden, and DR. BIRD’S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS by Evan Roskos.

  51. Taken was already on my list of titles to watch for, but now I’m totally adding Nantucket Blue, The Ruining and The Rules for Disappearing. They all sound sooooo good!

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